Kapolei’s Powderpuff Powerhouses

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - September 17, 2008
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The formidable Senior-Freshman team
The formidable Senior-Freshman team: (front row, from left) Chasity Rellin, Denzel Davis, Ku’ulei Luke, Angelica Ragasa, (middle) Shantelle Aglanao, Aizah-Lee Canne, Chantelle Esteban, Cristina Guiao, Paige Carter, Kristin Kono, Shavanna Santiago, (back) Tara Yasuda, Diamond Carter, Raylana Whitley, Stanley Hasiak, Kaiulani Clark, Michaela Tyau, Tiffany Kasoga and Luke Spencer. Missing: Ariane Ross, Tasia Villamor, Victoria Afoa. Photo from Emily Guerrero.

Those looking for an unique and exciting flag football matchup should head to the Kapolei High School football field Thursday (Sept. 18) for the school’s annual Powderpuff Homecoming Game and Pep Rally.

Usually the energy-spiked game is reserved for the students and faculty alone, but this year the student government thought it would mix things up and open the gates to the public.

“The last two years the game was played during the school day, but playing it at night will allow the community to attend, parents to enjoy the festivities and to watch their daughters,” said student adviser Robin Ogino.

Vying for the coveted Spirit Trophy this year are 43 girls. The students are split into two teams, the seniors and freshmen on one side and the juniors and sophomores on the other. Coaching the girls on how to throw a perfect spiral and weave toward the end zone are Hurricane football players from each grade level.

There also will be a pep rally filled with the spunk and creative performances of Kapolei cheerleaders, class officers and band to keep the crowd on its feet. A concession stand will be open throughout the night to recharge fans.

“This is most definitely an event to look forward to, especially for those who participate,” exclaimed Emily Guerrero, a junior who helps plan events for her school as a member of the student government and the Leeward District Community Council. “The girls have so much fun at practices and learn a lot from the coaches. They begin to bond with peers they didn’t really know before, and they learn to play as ‘One Team,’ our school’s motto.”

Seconds Ogino:“Homecoming is for building tradition and school pride and for the students to have fun. But, when possible, we try to tie it to a charity as a way to show our aloha to the community.”

The QBs behind raising money for charity was a collaboration of sorts from Guerrero and Ogino. Guerrero explained that last month, the student government sent two delegates dress up as bandits to go around school collecting money for Kapiolani Children’s Hospital. They made off with $100, but Ogino thought it would be nice to raise more.Guerrero found the perfect launching point in homecoming season.

“Every year one of the events during the (homecoming) week has been profited to a charity,“she said. “It’s just convenient and nice to give to the hospital.”

This year’s first-ever public Powderpuff Homecoming Game and Pep Rally kicks off at 6 p.m. and is expected to run until 9. Tickets cost $2, but keiki under 12 get in free.

All gate donations will be donated to the Kapiolani Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.

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